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Representatives of the World Health Organisation meet in Prato

Image of some of the co-leaders of the WHO Guidelines Development Group
Co-leaders of the WHO Guidelines Development Group met in Prato from 9th to 11th June to develop an international framework on ethical issues in public surveillance.

Working group leaders of the World Health Organisation (WHO) met in Prato for the first time to discuss progress towards the development of guidelines on public health surveillance ethics.  The meeting was proceeded by the inaugural meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, of which Monash University is one of six collaborating centres in the world. 

One of the areas the guidelines aim to address is how the world responds to infectious diseases, including public health emergencies of international concern such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Professor Michael Selgelid, Director of the Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics, commented on the paramount role WHO plays in determining global public health practice and policy.

Partners to the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics include University of Toronto, Columbia University, University of Miami, University of Zurich, National University of Singapore as well as Monash University.  Representatives from these institutions were in Prato for the meetings.

The meetings were made possible thanks to the funding from the Monash Warwick Alliance.

Read more about Ebola and the ethics question in an article published in Monash Magazine, Issue 9, February 2015.

Photo (left to right): Abha Saxena (WHO, Global Health Ethics Unit, Geneva), Justin Oakley (Monash, Centre for Human Bioethics), Candi Raeburn (Monash, Centre for Human Bioethics), Andreas Reis (WHO, Global Health Ethics Unit, Geneva), Michael Selgelid (Monash, Centre for Human Bioethics).